Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction

Friday, November 25, 2016

This year is our XIXth Friday After Thanksgiving chain reaction, so the theme is … symmetry! Will you include mirrors, math, synchronized swimmers, or something even better in your contraption? We hope so and look forward to seeing your creativity on November 25!

Whether you are new to chain reactions or a veteran, we invite you to join us at the Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction. It is a grand event that only happens at MIT!

Watch participants link their chain reaction devices together to form one mega chain reaction, meet kinetic artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman who emcee the program, and cheer on the builders when all of the contraptions are triggered as the event's thrilling culmination! 

Have you considered building your own link for F.A.T.? Novice builders are welcome. Please be sure to read the build guidelines for link criteria. 

Construction help and Community Build Sessions:

Want help designing your contraption for the 19th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction?!

Have an idea but not sure how to get started? Already started but want feedback on your designs? We are having three (3) contraption construction sessions! Building programs will be held on Saturdays from 2 - 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2-4pm 
  • Saturday, October 29, 2-4pm 
  • Saturday, November 12, 2-4pm 

Eventbrite - Chain Reaction Contraption Construction Sessions @ The MIT Museum

Family FUNstruction Mini-Chain Reaction:

Saturday, October 15, 6-8pm

Interested in participating in Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.)? Want to try building your own Rube Goldberg-esque machine? Get the ball rolling with Family FUNstruction! Spend the evening building your own chain reaction contraption. Then link yours with others to form one mega chain reaction. No prior building experience necessary and materials will be provided.

Details and registration on Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Family FUNstrution

F.A.T. team Registration

Coming soon. Spectator tickets available online in October.


We look forward to seeing you in November!